The Lute Society: Meetings


For lute playing opportunities, see:

Lute society meetings are free for all to attend, although there is usually a charge if you wish to attend the recital at the end of the meeting.

Agendas from previous meetings are available.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are generally held at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (nearest tubes: Bank, Liverpool Street).

Next meeting

  • May 9th, Flow my Beers night: lute music in a London pub, Bisthop's Finger pub, Smithfield, from 6.30 pm
  • July 2nd Summer party at the home of John and Joyce Reeve, Maidenhead, with music from Yair Avidor and Toby Carr.
  • Sept 10th, at the Dutch Church, London, Lute song day: ‘Songs from the Street: the role of Fleet Street in English lute song’ a talk by Din Ghani, with Musicke in the Ayre, a talk on lute song composer Richard Martin by Richard Jones, talk on Danyel's 'Can doleful notes? by Sam Brown, with music from Dowland Youth Works, and main recital from Dowland Works

Meetings in 2022

Details subject to change.

  • Nov 19th, at the Dutch Church, London, ‘Remembering Bob Spencer’, a talk by Thea Abbott, baroque guitar mini-recital by Edwin Garcia Gonalez, mini-recital by Claudio Hernandez Bravo, lecture-recital by Nigel North on the art of division playing, Liz Kenny, talk on how to play the lute, and recital

Pictures from recent meetings

See Pictures from meetings

Annual Benslow Lutefest

We have an annual residential weekend, currently held at Benslow Music in Hitchin. We offer bursaries to students every year to attend. See some recent reflections and review for LuteFest 2020. There was only a virtual Lutefest in 2021; the next residential meeting will be 24th-27th March 2022.

International events: other national lute societies´meetings


  • January, Nederlands Luitvereining meeting on Kapsberger - postponed, date tba
  • February 22nd, Deutsche Lautengesellschaft AGM, online at 16.00
  • February 26th, 11 am European time, Zoom meeting of Societa Italiano del Liuto, contact
  • April 1st-3rd, Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Federation, biennial festival, Edinburgh
  • April 2nd-3rd, Societe Francaise de Luth, annual meeting, Chapelle Saint Thomas d'Aquin, 3 place St.Thomas d'Aquin, 75007 Paris, contact:
  • April 9th, 11 am European time, Zoom meeting of Societa Italiano del Liuto, contact
  • April 22-24, Symposium on Dowland's Continental travels, Germany
  • April 9th, 11 am European time, Zoom meeting of Societa Italiano del Liuto, contact
  • May 9th Flow My Beers pub night from 6.30 pm until closing time. Open to all, party pieces especially welcome. We will be in the upstairs room at the Bishops Finger Pub, 9-10 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9JR.
  • June 10th-12th Ensemble workshops and concerts within the Schuyt Festival Leiden, Netherlands, Programme:
  • July 21st-22nd, Maurizio Pratola, International lute playing competition, for younger players,
  • September 3-4 Internationale Luitdagen 2022, Utrecht, Style Galante, the Lute in the German Countries in the 18th century, Concerts, symposium, workshop, masterclass, in conjunction with the Utrecht Early Music Festival
  • September 14-18 Basel Lute Days, Switzerland, incorporating German Lute Society International Lute Festival, theme: the lute in the 20th century
  • Sept 30th-October 1st, Convegno dei liutisti italiani, Conservatorio G. Verdi, Milano


  • Nederlands Luitvereiniging 40th anniversary celebration

Back list of virtual meetings on our Youtube Channel

Prompted by the Covid pandemic, in 2020 and 2021 we began to compile 'virtual meetings', which you can view online: